The San Jose State Spartans enter their first year in the Mountain West Conference with Heisman candidate (Yeah, I said it!) David Fales at the helm of the offense. Although Fales is once again expected to do big things this year, he will have to face much tougher competition with a new coaching staff. It is of upmost importance that Fales gets on the same page with new offensive coordinator Jimmy Dougherty for the Spartans to have any semblance of success this year.
The former Missouri Tigers quarterback Jimmy Dougherty, has worked with head coach Ron Carragher in the past at the University of San Diego. Dougherty comes to the Spartans from the Washington Huskies where he was the wide receivers coach and passing coordinator. Although this will not be Dougherty’s first stint as an offensive coordinator, it will be his first time being an offensive coordinator in the FBS.
During Monday’s press conference, I asked head coach Ron Caragher about the relationship between David Fales and Jimmy Dougherty so far this year.
“David coming out the gate his rookie year had an impressive season. We as a program and David being the competitor he is, doesn’t want to be a one hit wonder,” said Caragher.
“David wants to continue his success and continue to improve. Jimmy (Dougherty) being a former quarterback at Missouri, has coached some outstanding guys. Jimmy and I have worked together so I think it’s a good fit for all three of us,” added Caragher.
The new look Spartans will have their first chance to show how well Fales has meshed with his coaching staff on Thursday night against the Sacramento State Hornets. While it is expected that San Jose State will romp in their home opener against the Hornets, it will be an important test case for the upcoming season. Four out of the next five games for the Spartans will be on the road, including a visit to top rated south bay rival Stanford Cardinal. If the Spartans want to make another bowl game they must win a few of those upcoming road games.